Açaí bowls have become increasingly popular around the world as a healthy breakfast or snack. It is, without a doubt, its delicious taste and excellent nutritional profile that are making these bowls of goodness so irresistible.
There has been a debate on whether Açaí bowls are actually good for you when eaten on a regular basis. This is due to their inherent high sugar content. Yes, the regular Açaí bowl is a bit heavy on sugar, however it is also very heavy on nutrition. It is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are all essential for health.
As for the sugar, steps can be taken to help balance out the dish. These include; incorporating healthy fats, swapping high sugar fruits with lower in sugar fruits and not adding additional sources of sugar such as honey, agave syrup etc.
Read along to discover the healthiest Açaí bowl that compromises neither on taste nor nutrition.
Health benefits of Açaí bowls
- High in antioxidants – The Açaí berry has been shown to have a very high antioxidant content. In many of the studies, its content is higher than that of other berries such as; raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
- Healthy digestive system– Açaí berries are also have a high fibre content (3-4g per 100g). Fibre ensures an optimally functioning digestive system.
- Beautiful, glowing skin – The high antioxidant content along with the many other micronutrients contained within the Açaí berry are known to have powerful anti-ageing properties. By reducing oxidative damage, the skin is better able to repair and regenerate revealing healthy glowing skin.
- Helps protect against chronic noncommunicable diseases – The Açaí berry also has anti-inflammatory properties. Along with the high fibre, phytonutrients and vitamins and minerals, it may help to prevent diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
- Aids weight loss – The Açaí berry has been shown to affect appetite hormones there reducing appetite. It may therefore be used to aid weight loss.
- Improves cognitive function – The antioxidant an anti-inflammatory properties of the açaí berry are key components of its effect on memory and cognition. In a process that suppresses biological activity which degrades cellular integrity, açaí berries appear to have a protective effect on brain cells.
- Açaí paste (1 sachet)
- 1/2 banana
- Unsweetened nut milk (almond is best)
- Frozen berries
- Protein powder
- Berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries etc.)
- Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecan, brazil nuts etc.)
- Seeds (chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds etc.)
- Banana slices (no more than 4-5 thin slices)
- Put all base ingredients into the blender and blend. The resultant mixture should be a thick paste consistency.
- Pour the paste into a bowl and decorate with the toppings
- Enjoy! 🙂